Fiddlers Three (1944 film)
|Directed by||Harry Watt|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Written by||Angus MacPhail,
|Screenplay by||Angus MacPhail,
Francis L. Sullivan,
James Robertson Justice
|Music by||Spike Hughes|
|Editing by||Eily Boland|
|Running time||88 minutes
(65 minutes USA edit) 
Fiddlers Three is a 1944 British black-and-white comedy with music. The film was produced by Michael Balcon and directed by Harry Watt. The cast included Tommy Trinder, Sonnie Hale, Frances Day, Francis L. Sullivan, Diana Decker, Elisabeth Welch and James Robertson Justice. It follows the adventures of two sailors and a Wren who are struck by lightning and transported back to Ancient Rome, where they are accepted as seers.
The film was called While Nero Fiddled in its USA release. It is a loose sequel to the 1940 film Sailors Three which had also starred Trinder. The film was only moderately successful at the British Box Office but proved to be a major hit in Australia.
Tommy Taylor and "The Professor", two sailors returning from leave to Portsmouth, pick up Lydia, a Wren, on the road but get a puncture as they reach Stonehenge. The professor tells them of an old legend that those caught at Stonehenge at midnight on midsummer's night are transported back in time. Moments later the area is struck by lightning. Nearby a group of Roman soldiers have suddenly appeared whom they initially mistake for members of ENSA. However, they swiftly prove to be genuine Romans who arrest them and threaten instant death unless they can prove they are Druids.
- Reid, John. Films Famous, Fanciful, Frolicsome and Fantastic. Lulu, 2006.
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